Well it’s Sunday night. Which means I waited again until the last minute to write this. But at least I have a good excuse for my procrastination this weekend. One of my very good friends Lauren got married last night in Newport, which meant I was up until the wee hours (….or maybe only 11pm) tearing up the dance floor . Which made it a little hard to get up and at ’em this morning, but it was well worth it. One of the most fun weddings I have ever attended. Lauren was my manager when I was at Accenture and we spent a few lovely months in the boondocks of Malvern, Pennsylvania together. We bonded over an ability to speak in nothing but consulting lingo — triaging, synergy, leveraging, purple cows. And since we flew twice a week every week, we called Thursdays our “Fly Home Thursday” where we’d refresh the flight list every few minutes to make sure our flights home were on time. Had I been into blogging back in the day, I could have documented some of my epic consulting traveling stories. I’ll try to weave those into these blogs when they need spicing up.
On to the cookies. I had a request from one of my favorite blog follower coworkers a few weeks back to make some Molasses cookies. And we all know I love a good challenge. So I did a lot of research and found this recipe off of http://www.joyofbaking.com/. So hopefully they get some thumbs up tomorrow.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (I didn’t have these)
- Sugar for rolling
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and dark sugar. (Make sure you use dark brown sugar). Add in the vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla extract and mix well. Spray the 1/3 measuring cup with non-stick spray before you measure the molasses in it. It will make it a lot easier to get out. Add the molasses to the mixture and mix well.
Step 2: In a separate bowl sift together the dry ingredients. I didn’t have cloves so I just omitted that step. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix well. Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour to make it easier to handle.
Step 3: Scoop even size balls of dough onto a sil-pat or parchment lined baking sheet. Roll them in your hands so they are even and then roll it in granulated sugar to evenly coat it. Press the dough down lightly on the baking sheet when you spread the cookies out.
Step 4: Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes. It’s a little tricky to tell when these are done because of the dark color but mine cracked a little on top when they were done.
These taste a lot like Christmas. Which is weird in April, but regardless they are still delicious.
I have no other witty stories from this week. And I’m not yet ready to go into detail on some of my finest dance moves which made an appearance last night. I’m also mid way through an episode of Friday Night Lights, and as much as I would like to drop some witty knowledge on you tonight, I’m a little more focused on Tim Riggins tonight. Happy Sunday.